Kelsey L. Vasko, Associate

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Kelsey HotchkissKelsey Vasko is an associate in the firm’s Irvine office and a member of the Litigation Department. Her practice involves representing clients in federal and state court litigation, particularly in financial matters, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and securities actions, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations.

With her extensive FINRA knowledge, Ms. Vasko is one of the select few in the country that can defend these types of customer complaints. She knows the nuances of FINRA and how to limit exposure to minimize claims.

Defending broker/dealers

Ms. Vasko is experienced in defending broker/dealers and brokers in industry disputes and securities matters in California state and federal courts and before FINRA Dispute Resolution. She has served as both lead counsel and secondary counsel on multiple FINRA arbitrations on behalf of both broker-dealers and associated persons, as well as multiple actions involving real estate investment trusts and tenant-in-common interests. Ms. Vasko’s related experience includes work on cases involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, and fraud, as well as contract disputes.

Complex business litigation

In addition to arbitrations, Ms. Vasko's FINRA representation includes on-the-record hearings and 8210 requests. She also second-chaired a multiple-party, million-dollar contracts trial involving a famous artist. Ms. Vasko has argued several substantive motions, represented clients at depositions, and handled the daily litigation activities in other complex business litigation cases.

Clients value her responsiveness, timely communications, and ability to be judicious in allocating resources to keep costs down.

Attorney Education


J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Clinical Fellow, Community Lawyering Clinic

B.A., University of Chicago
Community Service Scholarship Program

Attorney Admited to Practice

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California

Professional & Community Involvement

Member, San Diego Bar Association

Member, American Civil Liberties Union, San Diego & Imperial Counties